52 new COVID-19 cases in Pondy, tally rises to 40,120

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Puducherry, Mar 17 (PTI) Puducherry clocked 52 fresh cases of coronavirus during the last 24 hours ending 10 am on Wednesday, taking the total positives to 40,120.

No death was reported and the toll remained 673.

The 52 new cases were identified at the end of examination of 1290 samples, a release from Director of Health and Family Welfare services S Mohan Kumar said.

While Puducherry region accounted for 43 new cases out of the 52, Karaikal reported three, Yanam one and Mahe five.

Eighteen cases were discharged from hospitals during last twenty four hours.

Fatality and recovery rates were 1.68 percent and 97.79 percent respectively, the Director said.

As many as 6.48 lakh samples were tested so far and of them 6.02 lakh turned out to be negative.

There were 214 active cases while 39,233 people recovered and were discharged so far, Kumar said.

The Director said that 14,989 health care workers and 5,579 front line workers have been vaccinated so far.

The department has vaccinated in the second phase of coverage 12,035 people, who are either senior citizens or those above 45 years with co morbiditiy. PTI COR ROH ROH